On September 6th, Fnac (a French Retail Chain Store) opened the preorders for the Super Nintendo Classic Mini and I managed to get 2 of them. This week I received them and oh boy!… The SNES Classic Mini is awesome!!!
First of all the SNES was my very first console back in the 90’s and Iove it! I spent hours and hours playing with it and exchanging game cartridge with my cousin. The SNES has a very special place in my heart and I had big expectations when the Classic Mini version was announced.
The Games Selection
When announced by Nintendo I immediately look at the games selection. In general, it’s a pretty good one. The only wish I had was Nintendo also add Donkey Kong Country 2, Super Mario All-Stars, Earthworm Jim, The Lost Vikings, Mickey Mania, Sailor Moon and Super Pang. But this problem might be solved when the hack of the SNES Classic Mini will be available and will allow us to add more games. Stay tuned for the upcoming tutorial 😉
As far as I can remember, the controllers fell like the old ones. They are responsive and the clicky noise sounds right. At first, I thought the controllers were smaller but I went digging through my box of old remotes and find an old SNES controller and beside the decoloration of the old one they are exactly the same. The only differences are the writings on the back of the remotes.
The remotes are very comfortable. The only reproach I can make is the cable is a bit too short, 5ft (around 1.50m). It would be nice if Nintendo made them 6ft long (around 1,8m). But I solved the problem by ordering an extension cable on Amazon
I regret Nintendo didn’t choose USB-C to connect the controllers like that it would allow us to use it with computers. Instead, they choose the hideous WiiMote connector. If they have chosen USB-C over Wiimote connector it would allow us to connect the remotes where they are supposed to and get rid of the little trapdoor on the front.
The Console Itself
The console is small, smaller than the original one! As you can see she fits in my hand and won’t take too many spaces on your V furniture.
To connect the remotes, there is a little trapdoor on the front side of the console that you have to tip down to reveal the controller connector. The trapdoor feels a little bit fragile and I really hope it won’t break in the future. As I said earlier, USB-C might have been a better choice and would allow Nintendo to get rid of the trapdoor and stick to the original design.
On the back, you can find a USB port to power you SNES and will be useful when a hack will be available to add more games. And there is an HDMI port to connect her to the TV. Nintendo had the good idea to include an HDMI cable and USB cable but there is no power brick to power the SNES on. But you can connect the USB cable to your TV USB or to a spare iPhone charger it seems to only require 1A to work so you’ll be able to easily find one in your house.
To turn on/off the console, Nintendo kept the same mechanism, the dark grey switch with the red LED. Sad thing, the eject button and the cartridges slot are fake. I really hoped Nintendo would at least conserve the eject mechanism even if the there is obviously no cartridge.
When you switch on for the first time a screen will ask you to choose the system language then a Home-menu will welcome you. The Home-menu is clear and easy to use. I would love a better explanation on how to save games and how to rewind save states. Because if you don’t read the manual -as I did, you need to guess how to do it. Of course, you can search for explanations on YouTube, but I’d love a small hands-on tutorial.
The emulation seems to stick to the original games. The video is not stretched and there is a PixelPerfect mode that preserves the emulation quality. It feels like playing on the old SNES but on a 1080p screen with sharp graphics.One thing might bother a small percentage of the customers, especially the ones who don’t speak English, the games are not localized, and all the games are in English. It’s not a big deal for games like Mario or StreetFighter but for games like Zelda where there is a lot of text to read in order to understand the story it might be one. But it if you’re reading this post I’m sure English is not a problem for you but might be one for your friends or kids, in this case, it could be the right time to teach us some English while playing and make it fun.
One thing might bother a small percentage of the customers, especially the ones who don’t speak English, the games are not localized, they are in English. It’s not a big deal for games like Mario or StreetFighter but for games like Zelda where there is a lot of text to read in order to understand the adventure it might be one. But it if you’re reading this post I’m sure English is not a problem for you but might be one for your friends or kids, in that case, it could be the right time to teach them some English while playing and make it fun.
My Final Thought
Besides the controller’s cables length and their connector the Super Nintendo Mini Classic is a very good surprise, it reminds me my childhood and all the good time spent with all those amazing game and all the side stories I lived thanks to my old SNES that is sleeping in my parents’ attic. I have to confess it I’m very happy to buy 2 of them!
But you might think: “Why did you buy two of them?”
The first reason is I wanted one to play with and another one to keep as a collector item, untouched and protected from sunlight.
Who knows maybe one day it could cost a lot of money especially when I saw the price of blister-sealed Original SNES. But I really think I will never sell this second Super Nintendo Mini Classic and I will keep it as a collector item proudly on one of my shelves.
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